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October 21
YVC Dental Hygiene Program Provides Outreach in honor of Veteran’s Day

​Y​akima Valley College Dental Hygiene Program will offer free dental service on November 10, 2016 from 8:00-11:30am in honor of Veteran's Day. The event will provide free dental exams, x-rays and cleanings to 18 area veterans. To reserve an appointment, please call the YVC Dental Hygiene Clinic at 574.4916 by November 9th.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Yakima Valley College provides comprehensive oral examinations by first and second year dental hygiene students. The YVC Dental Hygiene Clinic provides dental exams, x-rays, teeth cleaning, and sealants. Dental procedures that can be done in the dental hygiene school setting, such as non-complex fillings are also performed.  More extensive dental work and emergency care is referred to local care providers. Since the clinic is a learning institution, the student work is checked frequently by instructors. YVC's Dental Hygiene Clinic provides affordable services and accepts patients covered by Washington Apple Health. Patients of all ages are seen throughout the academic year, including seniors and children.  Spanish/English translation is available.  ​

For more information call the YVC Dental Hygiene Clinic at 574.4916. 

October 20
The Nether

​Yakima Valley College Playmasters presents The Nether. Performances will be held November 17-19, 2016 at 7:30pm and November 20, 2016 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at the special internet price of $7.00 at: www.http// Tickets sold at the box office before the performance are $10.00, cash or check only.

The Nether is written by American playwright Jennifer Haley. The play explores how a virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity, and indulge your every whim. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting science-fiction thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams. Information provided by:

YVC's cast includes: Rebecca Fuchs, Lance Mendoza, Eduardo Rodriguez, Alex Knapp and Katy Sokol.

Please join us for a "Talk Back" conversation with the play's director, Alicia Bickley. The discussion will take place after the Saturday, November 19 performance and will focus on the questions we all have with the moral complexities and the consequences of living out our fantasies in the world of virtual reality.​

This play includes adult language and content which may not be suitable for children. For more information contact Alicia Bickley at / 509.574.4881.

October 19
BASDH Bridge Program

Yakima Valley College (YVC) Offers BAS in Dental Hygiene "Bridge" Program

Yakima Campus - YVC is pleased to offer licensed Dental Hygienists, who have an Associate Degree, a "Bridge" to the Bachelors of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (BASDH) Degree. Graduates of dental hygiene programs approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) are eligible to apply to YVC's BASDH Bridge program. 

To receive a BASDH degree from YVC, students must meet the requirements of Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCCU). The BASDH degree includes 60 general education credits.

The Bridge program awards upper division non-traditional learning credits for prior learning demonstrated through mastery of Dental Hygiene Program competencies. Evidence Based Clinical Practicum and Healthcare Teaching Practicum co-operative courses are also offered.

Dental Hygienists interested in earning a Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene may request additional information by contacting Donna Fulton at 509.834.4527 or​

October 13
Governor appoints Mr. Patrick Baldoz to Yakima Valley College Board of Trustees

Low Res_Color.jpgYakima, WA - Yakima Valley College is pleased to welcome Patrick Baldoz to the Board of Trustees. Baldoz is the Executive Director/CEO of the South Central Workforce Council. The workforce council serves the training, employment and job retention needs within the Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat and Skamania counties. He possesses over 35 years of experience with workforce programs and is a graduate of Central Washington University with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. He is a member and past Chair of the Washington Workforce Association, a board member of the National Workforce Association and the National Transitional Jobs Network.

Baldoz is active in the local community serving on the board of directors for the Yakima County Development Association/New Vision, the Mabuhay Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council.

"Mr. Baldoz is a well-respected leader throughout the state," stated Dr. Linda Kaminski, YVC President. He has worked closely with YVC to support our workforce and basic skills programs and we are very excited to have him appointed as a member of our board," she concluded.

His term of office is effective October 1, 2016 and ends on September 30, 2021.

Mr. Baldoz fills the vacant position of Ms. Lisa Parker, whose second term ended September 30, 2016.  "We are very grateful to Ms. Parker for her twelve years of service as a trustee, her leadership within the state trustees association (ACT), her commitment to and support of our mission, and her ongoing advocacy for Yakima Valley College," concluded Kaminski. ​

September 30
Yakima Valley College Reads

​During the 2016-2017 academic year YVC's Arts and Sciences Division will celebrate the work of Aldo Leopold. First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac is considered one of the cornerstones for modern conservation science, policy, and ethics. Events and activities will be held throughout the year that are centered on the ideas presented in Leopold's work. Please see details below for upcoming fall events.

October 19, 2016 ● 7:00pm ● Kendall Hall Auditorium
Choosing Your Own Nature
Faculty Lecture with Dr. Heidi Shaw, YVC Psychology Instructor

You may feel like you have to travel far from home to experience the beauty of nature, but you can be a nature tourist in your own backyard. In this photographic presentation, elements of both psychology and animal behavior will combine to lead you to new perspectives of the world around you.

Dr. Heidi Shaw has taught psychology courses at Yakima Valley College for more than 20 years. Her backgrounds in ethology (the scientific study of animal behavior) and psychology have led her to enjoy looking at the world from a variety of perspectives, something that is reflected in her photography. When she is not at work, she can usually be found pointing her lens at everything from the scenic vistas and basalt columns of Frenchman Coulee to rattlesnakes on roads and sparrows in parking lots.

October 25, 2016 ● 7:00pm ● Kendall Hall Auditorium
Film and Panel Discussion; Green Fire​

Green Fire was produced in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. The film explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding, and reveals how his ideas resonate with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the most remote wild lands. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land. Green Fire is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold's life and contemporary legacy. It features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars and three of Aldo Leopold's children.​

For more information about YVC Reads visit or contact 509.574.4802 /  

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